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The tragedy of Hamlet, Shakespeare’s most popular and greatest tragedy, presents his genius as a playwright and includes many numbers of themes and literary techniques. In all tragedies, the main character, called a tragic hero, suffers and usually dies at the end. Prince Hamlet is a model example of a Shakespearean tragic hero. Every tragedy must have a tragic hero. A tragic hero must own many good traits, but has a flaw that ultimately leads to his downfall. If not for this tragic flaw, the hero would be able to survive at the end of the play. A tragic hero must have free will and also have the characteristics of being brave and noble. In addition, the audience must feel some sympathy for the tragic hero. In Hamlet, the play concerns…show more content…

Hamlet has many noble and brave characteristics, this is one of the reasons he is a tragic hero. Hamlet’s promise to avenge his father’s death makes him noble because loyalty is part of chivalry, one of the main aspects of being noble. Also, Hamlet is very brave. When he found out that he was going to be executed, he had to make a choice to save himself or kill Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to avenge his father, because the risk he took could cause him to be actually executed. When the pirates attacked the ship, he escaped to carry out his promise that he made to his father’s ghost. Hamlet also has free will and is very intelligent. A tragic hero must have free will or his fate would be decided for him, and his death could be avoided. He feigns madness to meet more information about Claudius and not give away his ulterior motive. "I am but mad north-north-west. When the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw" (Shakespeare 2.2 402). This quote signifies that he is only mad at certain times, the rest of the time he know what he is doing. Also he uses free will when he saw Claudius praying. He could have slain him then and there, but if he did that Claudius could have a chance of going to Heaven; Hamlet did not want to send his nemesis somewhere where he could be care-free and guilt free.

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Hamlet Hamlet: sumary  Hamlet: Sumary Hamlet one of Shakespeare's greatest plays, where the young prince of Denmark must uncover the truth about his fathers death. Hamlet a play that tells the story of a young prince who's father recently died. Hamlets uncle Claudius marries his mother the queen and takes the throne. As the play is told Hamlet finds out his father was murdered by the recently crowned ki... 
Hamlet Hamlet: the theme of having a clear conscience  Hamlet: The Theme of Having A Clear Conscience The most important line in Hamlet is, "The play's the thing, wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king." (II, ii, 617). In the play, the issue of a clear conscience forms a key motif. When the conscience of the characters appears, it does so as a result of some action; as in the case of the aforementioned line, which follows Hamlet's... 
Hamlet Hamlet: the theme of masks  Hamlet: The Theme of Masks In Shakespeare's tragedy, Hamlet, there is a prevalent and almost overwhelming theme. All throughout the play, all of the characters appear as one thing, with one standpoint, and one outlook. However on the inside, all of these characters are completely different. This "mask' theme, the way that all of the characters portray themselves as one person on th... 
Hamlet Hamlet: video comparison  Hamlet: Video Comparison Hamlet is one of the best known pieces of literature around the world, and has fascinated many people from all walks of life, from critics to psychologists. There has been much speculation to the different interpretations of the play. Every reader has his or her own views of the play, like which words are emphasized in a speech and what actions the actors a... 
Hamlet Hamlet: was he mad?  Hamlet: Was He Mad? For centuries, scholars have been debating the issue on whether Hamlet - the prince of William Shakespeare's tragedy Hamlet - was mad. This question is not as easy as it sounds to answer; this is due to the fact that there are numerous arguments to support both sides of the issue. For many reasons, it is easy to believe that Hamlet was indeed mad. After all, Ha... 
Hamlet Hamlet's madness  Hamlet's Madness `What is madness? Is someone mad merely because they are different, and do they in return see the same about the world? The dictionary defines madness as, "1. the state of being mad; insanity. 2. senseless folly. 3. frenzy; rage. 4. intense excitement or hilarity." Though is there a difference between madness and wrath or rage? Was Hamlet mad, or was it one... 
Hamlet Hamlet's tragic flaw  Hamlet as a Tragic Hero William Shakespeare, the greatest playwright of the English language, wrote a total of 37 plays in his lifetime, all of which can be categorized under tragedy, comedy, or history. The Tragedy of Hamlet, Shakespeare"s most popular and greatest tragedy, displays his genius as a playwright, as literary critics and academic commentators have found an unusual numbe... 
Hamlet Hamlet's treatment of ophelia and gertrude  Hamlet's Treatment of Ophelia and Gertrude Modern folklore suggests women look at a man's relationship with his mother to predict how they will treat other women in their life. Hamlet is a good example of a son's treatment of his mother reflecting how he will treat the woman he loves because when considering Hamlet's attitude and treatment of the Ophelia in William Shakespeare'... 
Hamlet Hamlet's treatment of ophelia and gertrude  Modern folklore suggests women look at a man"s relationship with his mother to predict how they will treat other women in their life. Hamlet is a good example of a son"s treatment of his mother reflecting how he will treat the woman he loves because when considering Hamlet"s attitude and treatment of the Ophelia in William Shakespeare"s play, Hamlet, one must first consider how Hamlet tre... 
Hamlet Hamley was not looney toones  Hamlet was indeed a very sane man. He was only feigning madness to further his own plans for revenge. His words were so cleverly constructed that others will perceive him as mad. It is this consistent cleverness that is the ultimate evidence of his complete sanity. Can a mad person be so clever? No, a mad person cannot. Hamlet is sane and brilliant. After Hamlet, Horatio, an... 
Hamlet Hamlt- tool of a higher power  Kristine Theobald January 15, 1997 Per 6 Adv. Sr. English Hamlet: A Tool of a Higher Power Throughout Shakespeare's Hamlet, it seems that a higher spiritual power is influencing the events taking place in the state of Denmark. A ghost of the recently deceased King Hamlet appears to Young Hamlet telling him of his "most foul and most unnatural murder" (1.5.30). This begins a chain of even... 
Hamlet Has hamlet gone mad?  Has Hamlet Gone Mad? Hamlet was the prince of Denmark, son of the assassi-nated King Hamlet and Queen Gertrude, and nephew to Claudius. Hamlet, (during the play) goes through some very troubling situations in which he seems to act in an insane manner. But I am convinced that he was "…not in madness, but mad in craft." I also believe that he was a man of high moral standards, ... 
Hamlet Horatio's role in hamlet Horatio"s role in the play Hamlet, which was written by William Shakespeare, is extremely important. In the first place, Horatio was the person who told Hamlet about the ghost. He also had the job of watching Claudius while the play was going on in order to see if he showed his guilt. Lastly, at the end of the play, Horatio had to tell everyone the truth about Hamlet. Hamlet could not do it hi... 
Hamlet Is hamlet mad?  Is Hamlet Mad? Perhaps the world's most famous mental patient, Hamlet's sanity has been argued over by countless learned scholars for hundreds of years. As a mere student of advanced-level English Literature, I doubt I can add anything new to the debate in 2000 words, but I can look at the evidence supporting or dispelling each argument and come to my own conclusion. Hamlet is obvi... 
Hamlet Moral order in hamlet  Hamlet Essay In Shakespeare's Hamlet, a very clear moral order is established as the protagonist, Hamlet, completes his journey through the phases which define a Shakespearean tragedy. The play begins with Hamlet encountering his father's ghost, at which point he learns his father had in fact been murdered by his own brother, Claudius. It is Hamlet's wish to avenge his father that causes al... 
Hamlet Most important line in hamlet  The most important line in Hamlet is, "The play"s the thing, wherein I"ll catch the conscience of the king." (II, ii, 617). In the play, the issue of a clear conscience forms a key motif. When the conscience of the characters appears, it does so as a result of some action; as in the case of the aforementioned line, which follows Hamlet"s conversation with the player. This line is of particu... 
Hamlet Revenge a hamlet paper  Revenge Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, is a tragic play consisting of numerous deaths. The deaths that took place played a very important role in the unfolding of the play. In reading this play the reader can almost guess who was going to die. A prince named Hamlet is the main character. Hamlet is a college student who one day planned to take over the throne in Denmark, bu... 
Hamlet Soliloquies of hamlet  The Soliloquies of Hamlet Authors use various literary elements to give insight into the mental composition of their characters. In Shakespeare"s "Hamlet, Prince of Denmark," we can trace Hamlet"s mental process through his soliloquies. Hamlet"s first soliloquy reveals him to be thoroughly disgusted with Gertrude, Claudius, and the world in general. "How weary, stale, flat an... 
Hamlet The soliloquies of hamlet  The Soliloquies of Hamlet Authors use various literary elements to give insight into the mental composition of their characters. In Shakespeare's "Hamlet, Prince of Denmark," we can trace Hamlet's mental process through his soliloquies. Hamlet's first soliloquy reveals him to be thoroughly disgusted with Gertrude, Claudius, and the world in general. "How weary, stale, flat and unp... 
Hamlet The tragedy in hamlet  The Tragedy In Hamlet The tragedy in Hamlet lies in the fact that Hamlet, the hero was human and was violently wronged and was justified in seeking revenge. Hamlet the play is a tragedy, and Hamlet the character is the tragic hero of the play. Hamlet, like all tragic heroes, brings out feelings of pity and fear from the reader. The reader pities Hamley because his father di... 
Hamlet The tragedy of hamlet  The Tragedy Of Hamlet GREG CLARKE Hardship, unfortunately, is a part of everyone's life. It is unavoidable, and in Hamlets case he found out that bad luck comes in colossal amounts at a time. Most people see bad luck as getting splashed by a car in the rain, or finding out that the idiots at McDonald's forgot the fries in your order. But Hamlet got a quadruple dose of bad luck. First... 
Hamlet The tragedy of hamlet  The Tragedy Of Hamlet Hardship, unfortunately, is a part of everyone"s life. It is unavoidable, and in Hamlets case he found out that bad luck comes in colossal amounts at a time. Most people see bad luck as getting splashed by a car in the rain, or finding out that the idiots at McDonald"s forgot the fries in your order. But Hamlet got a quadruple dose of bad luck. First his father was u... 
Hamlet The tragedy of hamlet, prince of denmark  The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark I. a) Time: Sixteenth Century b) Place: Denmark c) Preliminary situation: King Hamlet, King of Denmark is killed. Hamlet the Prince's uncle, Claudius, receives the throne and marries Queen Gertrude. II. a) Initial Incident: A ghost appears to Marcellus and another guard who decide to inform Hamlet of it's presence. b)... 
Hamlet Tragedy in hamlet  The tragedy in Hamlet lies in the fact that Hamlet, the hero was human and was violently wronged and was justified in seeking revenge. Hamlet the play is a tragedy, and Hamlet the character is the tragic hero of the play. Hamlet, like all tragic heroes, brings out feelings of pity and fear from the reader. The reader pities Hamley because his father died by murder, and because Hamley becomes... 
Hamlet When a flower blossoms When a Flower Blossoms William Shakespeare addresses the question of identity in The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark through the characters of Hamlet and Ophelia. Although the play is centered on Hamlet"s struggle for identity, a more important issue is addressed through Ophelias" struggle. She is ignored and left alone to find the truth about what it means to become a woman, while Ha...